A headshot of actor Jeremy Edwards beside the logo for the play Dead Lies.

An interview with Dead Lies star Jeremy Edwards

Posted on: Tuesday 26 April 2022

Billed as ‘The Most Scandalous Thriller of The Year’, Dead Lies, written by No.1 Best Selling Crime Novelist Hilary Bonner, will receive its world premiere this Spring and will visit  the Pomegranate Theatre from Tue 10 - Thu 12 May.

Inspired by the Jeremy Thorpe scandal of the 1970’s Dead Lies is set against the political backdrop of current day Westminster. In this fast-moving, hard-hitting thriller the action takes place during a fiercely fought election campaign, following Peter George, a politician who promises a new kind of politics beyond sleaze and spin. But as buried truths rise from the ashes, personal and political influences begin to shake the faith of those closest to him…

Making an eagerly awaited return to the stage is Hollyoaks and Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards who plays would be Prime Minister Peter George. We caught up with him to find out a little more about the play.

It must be exciting to be taking the lead role in a world premiere play. How do you feel about performing this role in Dead Lies?

I’m very excited to take on the challenge of this new play. It is an exciting piece of work that combines a wonderful writing with a twisty story and addresses issues of the day at the same time. This has to be a world first.

This is a fantastic opportunity for me. The play has that rare combination of the right script at the right time. I have been waiting for such a strong piece of drama to come along for quite some time. Not only because it is sexy, scandalous and mysterious it is incredibly on point, I’m delighted.

Can you tell us a bit about your character?

I play Peter George the would-be PM who is an honest politician who actually wants to make the world a better place and believes he is the man to do it. If I could quantify his character in 3 words they would be smart, compassionate and honest. I can relate to him as I’ve always secretly had political aspirations and I would certainly agree with all his policies.

I think it will be interesting to see our audience responses to his speeches as I think they will certainly ring true for today and may chime with people in an interesting way.

Writer Hilary Bonner has told that as soon as she saw you, she saw the Peter George that was in her mind when writing the play!  How was it working closely with Hilary in the development of the play and bringing her character to life?

She is a generous soul so it’s not been daunting at all, she allows us to mould our speech a little to suit how we are portraying her characters, I adore her. I love crime fiction, I read that obsessively, so it has been wonderful to work with one of the UK’s top crime writers.

As this is a brand-new role have you been able to make the character your own at all? And do you have a favourite scene to play on the show?

As we’re speaking we’re at early stages so the character will develop but I feel very different when I am Peter, I like being Peter, I feel comfortable and that’s always a good sign.

My final scene is my favourite - for reasons I cannot disclos ...

You’re going to be travelling the UK to tour Dead lies.  Are there any particular venues you are excited to be visiting?

I am particularly looking forward to Newcastle as my family are of Geordie heritage so all my cousins and uncles will come to see the show. I’m also looking forward to Guildford as my family will come there and Blackpool for the donkey rides.

Why do you think people should come and see Dead Lies?

This is a rollercoaster show which will keep you guessing until the very last minute. It’s also great to support new writing. There will be some fantastic performances, a stunning set and it may make you think about politics……whilst trying to solve a mystery!

And finally… can you tell us Whodunnit?

… It was the Downing St cat

Packed with twists and turns until the very last scene. Expect the unexpected. No one is safe.  Book tickets online. 

An interview with Dead Lies star Jeremy Edwards

Billed as ‘The Most Scandalous Thriller of The Year’, Dead Lies, written by No.1 Best Selling Crime Novelist Hilary Bonner, will receive its world premiere this Spring and will visit  the Pomegranate Theatre from Tue 10 - Thu 12 May.

Inspired by the Jeremy Thorpe scandal of the 1970’s Dead Lies is set against the political backdrop of current day Westminster. In this fast-moving, hard-hitting thriller the action takes place during a fiercely fought election campaign, following Peter George, a politician who promises a new kind of politics beyond sleaze and spin. But as buried truths rise from the ashes, personal and political influences begin to shake the faith of those closest to him…

Making an eagerly awaited return to the stage is Hollyoaks and Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards who plays would be Prime Minister Peter George. We caught up with him to find out a little more about the play.

It must be exciting to be taking the lead role in a world premiere play. How do you feel about performing this role in Dead Lies?

I’m very excited to take on the challenge of this new play. It is an exciting piece of work that combines a wonderful writing with a twisty story and addresses issues of the day at the same time. This has to be a world first.

This is a fantastic opportunity for me. The play has that rare combination of the right script at the right time. I have been waiting for such a strong piece of drama to come along for quite some time. Not only because it is sexy, scandalous and mysterious it is incredibly on point, I’m delighted.

Can you tell us a bit about your character?

I play Peter George the would-be PM who is an honest politician who actually wants to make the world a better place and believes he is the man to do it. If I could quantify his character in 3 words they would be smart, compassionate and honest. I can relate to him as I’ve always secretly had political aspirations and I would certainly agree with all his policies.

I think it will be interesting to see our audience responses to his speeches as I think they will certainly ring true for today and may chime with people in an interesting way.

Writer Hilary Bonner has told that as soon as she saw you, she saw the Peter George that was in her mind when writing the play!  How was it working closely with Hilary in the development of the play and bringing her character to life?

She is a generous soul so it’s not been daunting at all, she allows us to mould our speech a little to suit how we are portraying her characters, I adore her. I love crime fiction, I read that obsessively, so it has been wonderful to work with one of the UK’s top crime writers.

As this is a brand-new role have you been able to make the character your own at all? And do you have a favourite scene to play on the show?

As we’re speaking we’re at early stages so the character will develop but I feel very different when I am Peter, I like being Peter, I feel comfortable and that’s always a good sign.

My final scene is my favourite - for reasons I cannot disclos ...

You’re going to be travelling the UK to tour Dead lies.  Are there any particular venues you are excited to be visiting?

I am particularly looking forward to Newcastle as my family are of Geordie heritage so all my cousins and uncles will come to see the show. I’m also looking forward to Guildford as my family will come there and Blackpool for the donkey rides.

Why do you think people should come and see Dead Lies?

This is a rollercoaster show which will keep you guessing until the very last minute. It’s also great to support new writing. There will be some fantastic performances, a stunning set and it may make you think about politics……whilst trying to solve a mystery!

And finally… can you tell us Whodunnit?

… It was the Downing St cat

Packed with twists and turns until the very last scene. Expect the unexpected. No one is safe.  Book tickets online. 

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